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User manual

BloomingKids Transportation Items

This program uses transportation items' names and pictures to help the student to learn listening, identifying, and naming skills. There are ten sub-programs.

These sub-programs are:
   

Select a program by clicking on the option and then click the “Enter” button to open the program.

Help

Click on the “Help” button to view the help contents. The help file opens in a separate window.
About

Click on the “About” button to view the profile of this company.
Enter

After selecting a sub-program, click on the “Enter” button to open the program.
Exit


To close this “Transportation” program, click on the “Exit” button.

Note: In most of our matching and activity programs, the student must wait until the command voice has finished before he/she clicks on the object. For instance, the voice must finish “Match train” before the student clicks on the train. (If the student clicks on the ball before the voice command is finished, nothing will happen.) Therefore the teacher/parent needs to instruct the student to wait for the voice command to finish.

 

1. Transportation Matrix


Select the option “Transportation Matrix” and click on the “Enter” button to open this program.
Transportation items are shown here in a two-row, two-column matrix. When the mouse pointer moves over the picture of a transportation item, an animation related to the transportation item plays in the box on the right side of the screen. There are, in this program, two pictures and animations for each transportation item. Click on the picture to view the next picture and animation.
>> and <<

By clicking on “>>” or “<<” the student can view the next or the previous set of transportation items.
Auto Play

Check this box to run the Transportation Matrix program automatically; the student can just sit back and watch. To stop the automatic run, uncheck the box.
Sound

This is selected by default. When this option is selected, the student can hear a voice name the transportation item and/or hear the sound made by the item. (Whether he/she hears one or both depends on the option selected below.)

Words
When this option is selected, the voice names the item. The sound made by the item is not heard.
Sound of the Transport
When this option is selected, the student hears the sound made by the item, but does not hear the item's name.
Both
This is the default. When this is selected, both the name of the transportation item and the item's sound will be heard.
Label

This option is selected by default. When this box is checked, the name of the transportation item appears just below the picture. When unchecked, the word doesn't appear.
Done


Click on the “Done” button to close “Transportation Matrix” and return to the main program.

 

2. Progressive Method


Click on “Progressive Method” and then click the “Enter” button to open this program. The first screen that appears is the setting dialog box. The setting dialog box offers four categories of choices. These categories are Mode, Settings, Distracter, and Selection.
Mode
Training

This option is selected by default. When this is selected, the program can be used to train the student.
Test

Select this option to measure the student's progress. The “Report” button under “Test” mode is enabled. The “Prompt (Animation)” option is disabled.
Report

This displays results of the “Test”. The report features are similar to those of “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures”.
Settings
Prompt (Animation)
This option is selected by default. When this is checked, the correct transportation item animates after ten seconds to help the student to identify the correct answer. Uncheck this feature to disable it.
Command Text
This option is selected by default. When this is checked, a short text appears at the bottom of the screen. It tells the student which item to identify. If unchecked, the text won't be visible.
Distracter
A “distracter” here means an incorrect choice.
Transportation
This option is selected by default. When this is selected, distracters are all transportation items.
Non-transportation
If this option is selected, distracters are not transportation items but some other items.
Mixed
Distracters are either transportation items or non-transportation items.
Selection

The first transportation item (Airplane) is the default. The student can select any transportation item from the list shown under “Selection”.
Ok

Click on the “Ok” button to move on to this “Progressive Method”.
This “Progressive Method” is designed to introduce the transportation items to the student one by one. This method allows the student to master the transportation items' names gradually.
This “Progressive Method” runs through seven stages:
Stage 1


Introduction. The selected transportation item moves from the left side to the center of the screen and a character points to the transportation item and pronounces its name. This continues until the student clicks the “>>” button to move to the next stage.
Stage 2


Single Transportation Item. In Stage 2, the student is asked to find the transportation item introduced in Stage1. When the student clicks on the transportation item, he/she is taken to the next stage.
Stage 3





One Distracter. The transportation item introduced in Stage 1 and another picture as distracter are shown, and the student is asked to find the transportation item. When the student clicks on the correct transportation item the next “find” question comes up. As long as the student clicks on the correct transportation item he/she stays in Stage 3. The student can move on to next stage by clicking the “>>” button. If the student clicks on the wrong transportation item, then the program returns the student to Stage 1, the Introduction Stage.
Stage 4




Two Distracters. In Stage 4, the transportation item introduced in Stage 1 and two other pictures as distracters are shown on the screen and the student is asked to find the transportation item introduced in Stage 1. As long as the student clicks on the correct transportation item the student remains in Stage 4. When the student clicks on a wrong transportation item, he/she is taken back to Stage 1. The student can move forward by clicking the “>>” button.
Stage 5


Three Distracters. The transportation item introduced in Stage 1 is shown with three other pictures as distracters. If the student clicks on the wrong transportation item, then the program returns the student to Stage 1, the Introduction Stage.
Stage 6




Combinations. The transportation item that the student identified in Stages 1 through 5 will appear as distracter or as the transportation item to be identified. Another transportation item (which the student learned earlier) will also appear as a distracter or as the transportation item to be identified. If the student clicks on the wrong transportation item, then the program returns the student to Stage 1, the Introduction Stage.

Stage 7


This is the last stage. In this Stage, the student is asked to identify all the transportation items he/she has learned so far. If the student clicks on the wrong transportation item, then the program takes the student to Stage 1, the Introduction Stage.
>>



When the student clicks on the “>>” button, the program introduces the next transportation item in the list.
<<

At any time the student can move backward by clicking the “<<” button when the button is visible.

Done

Click on the “Done” button to close this program.

 

3. Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures


Click on “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures” and then click the “Enter” button to open this program.

The default selections for this program are: Level 3, Training Mode, Transportation Distracter, Command Text, Prompt with Blink, Congratulatory Animation, and Select All.

Here one transportation item is shown at the top of the screen. The student is asked to click on the matching transportation item shown among others at the bottom of the screen.

This “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures” has three levels.

Level 1

When this option is selected, one transportation item appears at the top of the screen. One transportation item is shown at the bottom of the screen to be matched with the one at the top, without any distracter.
Level 2

When this option is selected, one transportation item appears at the top of the screen. Two pictures are shown at the bottom of the screen to be matched with the one at the top of the screen. There is one correct choice and one distracter. You can choose a Transportation or Non-transportation distracter. “Mixed” gets disabled.
Level 3



This level is selected by default. One transportation item appears at the top of the screen. When this option is selected, three pictures are shown at the bottom of the screen to be matched with the one at the top of the screen. There are one correct choice and two distracters. You can choose a Transportation, Non-transportation, or Mixed distracter.
Training

The Training mode is selected by default. This program uses transportation items to train listening and matching skills.
Test

Here, the teacher/parent can test the student's progress. “Prompt” and “Congratulatory Animation” are disabled. The test results are recorded and “Report” becomes enabled.
Report

Only under “Test” mode is “Report” enabled. After doing any number of test problems, you can click on “Done” to see the report. When you click on “Done” the settings screen appears. Now click on the “Report” button under “Test” to see test results. First the current test result will be shown with the date, starting time, end time, and level of the test. It also shows the percentage of correct answers. There are also buttons for showing test results in different forms. “Report” allows the teacher/parent to measure the student's progress. The following are available:
Detailed Report
This screen shows test results including the grade, object identified, distracters, and time taken to finish the test.
View Old Records
If there are old test results, they will be shown on this screen. The current test result is always on top.
Bar Chart
If you wish to see test results on a bar chart, click this button.
Overalls
This button appears on the Bar Chart Screen. Here, the student can see the average of all test results of up to the last ten attempts. Written vertically on the bar are: overall percentage of correct answers, and date and starting time of the tests. When there are any old results, they will be shown, left to right, from oldest to latest.
Right Arrow
This changes the display to the next more recent set of test results. When the current test result is on the screen, this button is grayed.
Left Arrow
This changes the display to the previous set of test results. When this button is grayed, there is no earlier test to see.
On the top left corner, the display indicates which record is being shown out of total records.
Print
When this button is clicked, the printer prints the current screen.
Delete
All existing records will be erased if this button is clicked. (But a warning message box pops up and asks for confirmation.)
Done
Click on this button to close the screen and return to the previous screen.
Distracter
Transportation
This option is selected by default. When this option is selected, the distracters are transportation items. This option is disabled for Level 1 and available for Level 2 and Level 3.
Non-transportation
When this option is selected, the distracters are some items other than transportation items. This option is disabled for Level 1 and available for Level 2 and Level 3.
Mixed
This option is available only for Level 3. When this is selected, one distracter is a transportation item and the other distracter is a non- transportation.
Command Text
This is checked by default. When checked, a short command text is visible at the bottom of the screen. If unchecked, the command text will not be visible.
User Defined

This feature allows the teacher/parent to customize the screen by selecting particular matching objects and distracters and choosing their locations on the screen.

When “User Defined” is checked, the next screen will be the “SELECTION” screen. This screen allows the teacher/parent to choose the matching object (transportation item to be identified) and its location on the screen. It also allows the teacher/parent to choose the distracter/s.

There are no distracters for Level 1. Therefore the teacher/parent should select only the matching transportation item.

For Level 2 and Level 3, the teacher/parent has to select the matching transportation item, its location, and distracters from the User Defined “selection” screen before clicking the “Ok” button.

The Picture Matching screen has a “Back” button. The student can return to the User Defined setting screen by clicking this button. Click the “Done” button to close the User Defined program.

Prompt

This is checked by default. If the student fails to match the correct transportation item within ten seconds, the program guides him/her to the correct picture. This is available for “Training” mode but disabled for “Test” mode.

Uncheck this box if the prompt is not needed in “Training” mode.

Prompt with Blink
This option is selected by default. If the correct transportation item is not chosen after ten seconds, it blinks.
Prompt with Label
The names of the transportation items appear below the pictures.
Prompt with Animation
If the correct transportation item is not chosen after ten seconds, the correct picture animates.

Congratulatory Animation

This box is checked by default. This is available only for the “Training” mode. When this is checked, clicking the correct transportation item invites a congratulatory animation. This animation runs for ten seconds. Click anywhere on the screen or press the space bar to stop the congratulatory animation.

Uncheck the box if the student doesn't need congratulatory animation.

Selection

Click on the check box to select or deselect any transportation item.
Select All

This is the default. Check this box to select all transportation items. Uncheck to deselect all.
Ok

Click this button to open this program after choosing settings.
Done

 

Click this button to close this program and return to the main menu.

 

4. Matching Transportation Items Using Similar Pictures


Click on “Matching Transportation Items Using Similar Pictures” and then click the “Enter” button to open this program.

This program runs like “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures,” but the pictures shown are similar but not identical.

The settings are the same as those of “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures”.

 

5. Matching Transportation Items Using Words


Click on “Matching Transportation Items Using Words” and then click the “Enter” button to open this program.

This program runs like “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures,” but instead of pictures, words that name the transportation items are used. The student is required to click on the correct word which represents the transportation item shown on top of the screen.

The settings are the same as those of “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures”.

 

6. Discriminating Transportation Items


Click on “Discriminating Transportation Items” and then click the “Enter” button to open this program.

Here, the student is asked to find and click on the correct picture shown on the screen.

The settings are the same as those of “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures”.

 

7. Identifying Transportation Items by Sound Using Pictures


Select the program option “Identifying Transportation Items by Sound Using Pictures” by clicking on it and then clicking on the “Enter” button to open this program.

This program runs like the program “Discriminating Transportation Items” but here the student hears the sound and then clicks on the picture associated with the sound.

The setting screen is the same as that of “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures”.

 

8. Identifying Transportation Items by Sound Using Words


Select the program option “Identifying Transportation Items by Sound Using Words” by clicking on it and then clicking on the “Enter” button to open this program.

This program runs like the program “Identifying Transportation Items by Sound Using Pictures” but instead of pictures, words for transportation items are used. The student first hears the sound and then clicks on the name of the item that makes the sound.

The setting screen is the same as that of “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures”.

 

9. Activity for Transportation Items Using Pictures


Click and select the option “Activity for Transportation Items Using Pictures” on the main screen and click on the “Enter” button to open this program.

Here, a character is shown at the top of the screen. The transportation item (with/without distracter/s) associated with the character is shown at the bottom of the screen. The student is asked to click on the correct transportation item. For example, when a pilot is shown at the top, the student is asked to “Let the pilot fly the airplane.” He/she should click on the airplane shown at the bottom. If the correct picture is clicked on, it moves up and the appropriate animation takes place.

The settings are the same as those of “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures”.

 

10. Activity for Transportation Items Using Words


Click and select the option “Activity for Transportation Items Using Words” on the main screen and click on the “Enter” button to open this program.

This program runs like “Activity for Transportation Items Using Pictures,” but the names are used instead of pictures.

The settings are the same as those of “Matching Transportation Items Using Pictures”.


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